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post #1 of 11
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And all the smart peeps hang out here. smile.gif My rig in my sig is current, and I have about $400 to spend. My thoughts are that my proc/board/memory are going to be plenty to game with for a while, and that I would get the most bang for my buck from a GPU upgrade. To that end I am considering the 4gb 770, namely this one.

If there are compelling reasons why I should do something else I would love to hear them!

Thoughts? And thank you in advance for the help!!
Edited by fuloran1 - 3/19/14 at 11:05am
post #2 of 11
+1 with the gpu upgrade, but I'd save $50 and go with the 2gb, maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125504
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Thank you! Why the 2bg? Is there not much of a practical difference?
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If you could find another 6950 for $150 or less, I'd go crossfire.

But I'm cheap smile.gif
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It seems to help a little with a bunch of mods & at very high resolutions, otherwise seems more like marketing. 4K would need some titans anyways. I just bought an MSI 770 2gb this week (still waiting for it), and found no reasons to go for a 4gb card.
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With 4GB of VRAM, you can have several games loaded at once.

(only advantage I can see for gaming on a single monitor with that much VRAM)
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post #7 of 11
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I thought of that, but then I thought that I would still want to upgrade sooner than if I got a good higher end card. Thanks for the input!
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Originally Posted by hambone96 View Post

If you could find another 6950 for $150 or less, I'd go crossfire.

But I'm cheap smile.gif

I thought of that, but then I thought that I would still want to upgrade sooner than if I got a good higher end card. Thanks for the input!
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Originally Posted by hambone96 View Post

With 4GB of VRAM, you can have several games loaded at once.

(only advantage I can see for gaming on a single monitor with that much VRAM)

Nice, thanks!
post #8 of 11
if you can find 100 more bucks buy the 780,if you cant go for 770 2GB thumb.gif
post #9 of 11
For 1080p you need 3gb vram(as the r9 280/280x has)if you use all graphics details to the maximum,otherwise 2gb are fine but there is no futureproof

Ps.in overclock.net marketplace there are hd 7970 for 300-315usd
post #10 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hambone96 View Post

With 4GB of VRAM, you can have several games loaded at once.

(only advantage I can see for gaming on a single monitor with that much VRAM)
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

For 1080p you need 3gb vram(as the r9 280/280x has)if you use all graphics details to the maximum,otherwise 2gb are fine but there is no futureproof

Ps.in overclock.net marketplace there are hd 7970 for 300-315usd


Dang it man, I got the 770 2gb today and now youre making me second guess myself! Seriously tho, this card is a beast. Loving it. Thanks for all the help everyone!
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